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every saturday at 1:00 and sundays at 3:00. check out my book with christine romans "how to speak money." head to or barnes & right now to pick up your copy. you can stay connected to us 24-7 on twitter. @cnnyourmoney. have a great weekend. -- captions by vitac -- you sneer in the cnn newsroom where the news unfolds live this saturday, january 14th. i'm fredicka whitfield. new developments in the cruise ship sinking off the coast of the italy. new pick turgs in from italian television. a local italian prosecutor now saying that the captain of the luxury cruise ship liner is now under arrest, being investigated with mans slaughter and
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abandoning ship related charges. in these new pictures you actually see people in life jackets standing inside of the ship. the ship hit a sandbar or perhaps some rock and then it listed and eventually tipped right over into the water. at least three people are confirmed dead. many remain missing at this hour. here is how one survivor described the ordeal. >> the boat tipped like he was turning, but it didn't re-turn to level on the other side of the ship which was the high side at this point. the life boats got stuck and there were people hanging -- well in the life boats safely but hanging in mid air for a long time. children crying and screaming and people actually jumping. we heard that passengers jumped -- not passengers, but crew members jumped at the end into the water. >> reporter barbie nado is following the story from the port where the survivors have
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been taken and where the search is being coordinated. barbie, what more can you tell us about the captain allegedly abandoning ship, leaving that ship before securing the rescue of all the passengers. >> from the very early hours of this story basically which heard that the captain had left the ship long before the last of the passengers. this is captain franco skatini, from sorrento or leave vor know, we haven't been able to confirm which town he's from. he's been officially arrested bithe italian police here for investigation into manslaughter and abandoning ship. abandoning ship is a far more serious maritime offense. and the fact that he left the ship before all the passengers left the ship is a serious offense here in the mediterranean basin obviously. he has been questioned all
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afternoon for his role in this accident as the rescue efforts are continuing on this ship which is now -- it's resting on a bed of rocks, but it's very low in the water. there's a big section of that ship under water right now. the divers are still right now taking a look to see if they can find any -- any fatalities, any victims under that. they'll reconvene tomorrow morning to see if they can find any of these missing 51 people that are unaccounted for. >> because, barbara, it is nightfall and the water is cold and the divers can only search for so long, certainly are investigators kind of underscoring the real complications for the rescue or recovery teams given the conditions? >> reporter: right. the investigators right now are basically saying that they will -- they anticipate that
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they will probably find bodies under the water level at this point. they won't be surprised if they find them there. they're using a lot of technology to say they anticipate there will be other bodies found in this. but they don't think it will be 51. they do believe the bulk of that discrepancy comes from an administrative error in terms of the passenger lifts that were given. there are about 1,000 italians on that cruise ship who may have come to the port and simply called a relative to pick them up. those people may still be listed as unaccounted for but may be safe inside their own homes because of the fact that they work from italy. by tomorrow we're expecting to have a clearer idea of how many people are still missing, and if they can find a more clear sense of who sis manying, who is not and what those numbers are. rescuers i spoke to this afternoon said they anticipate
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or certainly won't be surprise fd they find more bodies under that water because of the fact that it happened so suddenly and there was a huge gash of 160 feet on the hull of the boat from hitting this very rocky sandbar. we've been calling it a sandbar, but it's a very rocky coastline there. sandbar is probably a mild description of what that would be. it's a very rocky coastline. there's no real sand as you might thit of a sandbar. so it makes sense. you can see when you see the ship, you can see rocks coming out of the water in that area some the fact that the ship was gashed open like that, the water came in quickly, it's very possible that people were caught unaware down there in the lower berths, lower levels of the ship. >> barbie nadeau, thank you very much for that update. keep us posted as you get more information. there's new evidence of increasing tensions between the u.s. and iran. u.s. defense department just released these images showing
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iranian boats speeding towards u.s. military and coast guard ships in two separate incidents on friday. one of these incidents took place in the strait of hormuz. this comes as they threaten to close the stait of hormuz, the only outlet for oil being. barbara starr says they may have gained important information from these encounters. >> reporter: the thinking is the iranians were not looking for a shooting match. they were going to break off but were going to cause a little heart stopping action before they did that. one of the things here is, look, the iranians gained intelligence by getting so close to u.s. fave i have ships. they were able to gauge the u.s. military response as they came at those ships. that gives them valuable information if the next time it's not just a cat and mouse game. >> word of the aggressive encounters with iran comes as the united states recently rescued several iranians at sea.
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former mississippi governor haley barbour is defending his decision to pardon more than 200 convicted killers. he says he's surprisesed at the reaction. a judge has halted the prison releases and the legislature is considering changing mississippi's constitution to take pardon powers away from the governor. barber says he is comfortable with his decision. >> the historic power of gubernatorial clemency by the governor to pardon felons is rooted in the christian idea of giving second chances. i'm not saying i'll be perfect, that nobody who received clemency will never do nothing wrong. i'm not infallible and nobody else is. but i'm very comfortable and totally at peace with these pardons including those at the
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mansion. i have absolute confidence, so much confidence that i've let my grandchildren play with these fine men. i've let them ride their tricycles out in the driveway with them watching out for them. i have no question in my mind that these five guys are not a threat to society. but people like you can say what if, what if, what if till the moon goes down. >> you heard barbour mention the mansion. he's referring to prisoners who worked at the governor's mansion. four convicted murderers who worked there were pardoned included anthony mccray convicted of killing his wife back in 2001. >> everybody deserve a second chance in life. >> do you think people should be angry at governor barbour? >> no, sir. he treat us like we his children. >> judge mike smith presided over mccray's murder case.
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our martin savidge asked the judge about the pardon. >> i was disappointed that he was pardoned. >> is there more to that or is that as much as we're going to say? >> i hope that the attorney general will be successful in having the pardon overturned. >> in all, bar door says he granted clemency to 215 people, 189 of them had already finished their sentences and were out of prison. we've been telling you about a group of evangelical christians meeting in texas. we just learned that group has thrown its support to presidential candidate rick santorum. the group said it heard pitches from surrogates for the republican candidates and it chose santorum after three
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rounds of voting. meanwhile five of the six gop candidates are in south carolina today at a forum hosted by one of the 2008 candidates, former arkansas governor mike huckabee is moderating the event. ron paul is the only candidate not participating. virginia's republican primary will only have two names on the ballot. a judge ruled only mitt romney and ron paul met the requirements for the march primary. the judge says newt gingrich, rick perry, rick santorum and jon huntsman waited too long to central cleng the strict ballot laws. 49 delegates are at stake in virginia. in his ruling the judge wrote that the four candidates, quote, played the game, locht and then complained that the rules were unfair, end quote. join us every sunday afternoon at 4:00 eastern time when we dedicate an entire hour to the presidential contenders in this 2012 election. on to south africa now. an event five years in the
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finally, fuel oil for ice-bound nome, alaska is very close, just about eight miles away. it's taken ten days for a coast guard ice breaker to lead the way for the tanker on board more than a million gallons of fuel oil for a city running pretty low. this is the first time nome has been supplied in the winter by route of a frozen bering sea. jacqui jeras in the weather center. no doubt about it. it is very much winter in alas kachlt it's been a brutal winter
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for them. >> it has. >> mild in other parts of the u.s. >> winter finally arrived across much of the west and the great lakes. by wednesday you're finally feeling closer to where you should be for this time of year. the weather is going to be kind of fickle here in the upcoming week or two. we'll do this lather, rinse, repeat kind of thing. where we get cold, start to warm up, then get cold again. it's kind of a flip-flop we'll be dealing with. look at the cold air which has already arrived. in the teens for minneapolis and chicago. looking below freezing in new york city with 31 degrees. notice this nice bubble here which has been developing across the plain states. we'll watch that warm up over the next couple days. it's really going to be great to be able to see that before another arctic blast arrives into montana and the dakotas by monday. be prepared for the next change n. the meantime, a little cliber bringing light snowshowers in places like kentucky and cincinnati. you might be able to make up an
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inch of snow here. the heaviest accumulations will stay across the great lakes with the cold air blowing over the warmer lake water. in the pacific northwest you had a quiet week. now we're kicking through things -- we'll see snow in the higher elevations, dropping down and we'll likely see snow on the valley floor in places like portland, seattle, a little snow late tonight and into tomorrow. it will be rough travel if you're trying to get into the passes where we could see over a foot between now and monday morning. fredicka? >> not bad at all. thanks, jacqui. checking international headlines. taiwan's president is claiming a re-election victory today. you may see this as a critically important time for taiwan's booming economy. better relations with china have helped greatly. president obama calls taiwan, quote, one of the great successes of asia. the school for
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underprivileged girls of oprah winfrey in south africa greated its first class. all 72 are headed to universities, all of them. the schools opened five years ago for girls who had whoable obstacles to over come. oprah says they are, quote, free to soar. now is a great time to review the stocks in your 401(k) or other retirement plans. financial planner karen lee joins us next. first, can you name the five categories of stocks? . bp has set aside 20 billion dollars to fund economic and environmental recovery. we're paying for all spill- related clean-up costs. and we've established a 500 million dollar fund so independent scientists can study the gulf's wildlife and environment for ten years. thousands of environmental samples from across the gulf have been analyzed by independent labs under the direction of the us coast guard.
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i'm glad to report all beaches and waters are open for everyone to enjoy. and the economy is showing progress with many areas on the gulf coast having their best tourism seasons in years. i was born here, i'm still here and so is bp. we're committed to the gulf for everyone who loves it, and everyone who calls it home.
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secondhand smoke affects everyone's health. it's not just irritating. it can cause heart disease and even death. speak up about secondhand smoke. your health and the health of your family depend on it. i asked if you knew the five
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categories of stock. income, blue-chip, sickle, defensive. it is the number one issue in american homes. getting your financial house in order. today in our weekly financial fix, making money in the stock market. the author of "it's just money." karen lee. we talked about building your financial house and having a strong foundation. when people talk about -- retirement planning was part of that, too. people are thinking about their 401(k)s and those long-term investments that come by way of stocks and investments. how do you assess? >> the reason i wanted to talk about this today is because the last decade has been pretty rough in the market. a lot of people are turned off saying i just can't make money in the stock market. this is about can the average joe investor make money in the market. the answer is yes, absolutely. >> people are nervous. >> people are nervous. there are tried and true strategies we'll talk about today, a strategy called asset
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allocation based on modern portfolio theory, a nobel prize winning strategist in 1990. absolutely you can make money. let's talk about how to do it. >> how do you do that? >> the first thing -- let's talk about the 401(k) or a 529 or even a nonretirement investment. if you're picking which investments to get into -- the first thing you need to do is evaluate your tolerance for risk. now, recognize that there are different types of assets. there's cash -- >> high risk, low risk this? >> right. you've got cash and bonds and then stocks. cash and bonds are more conservative, stocks are more aggressive. but within each of those segments there's subsets, we have u.s. and international, large, small, medium. once you determine percentage, make sure to spread it among the different asset classes and make sure you include some real estate and commodities. now you've got your percentages
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and which funds are going to be in, right? ? >> so you're diversifying in this way as it pertains to diversifying all your investments. >> that's correct. there was a time when i remember that one of the strategies was just invest in the s&p 500. that does not work. it just turned out that in the decade when that was said it would have been enough. in this last decade that wouldn't have worked. it would have come out zero. you want to spread among the different investment classes. the second thing you want to do is you want to rebalance them, at least annually. >> you don't want to feel so comfortable with the selections that you made, let it go. don't even check and just hope for the best. you do want to go back -- >> a minimum of once a year reallocate. you know what it does when you go back to the original percentages? it forces you to sell off some of the winners, sell high, and buy back into some of the asset classes that weren't doing so well, buy low.
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that's what we're supposed to do, right? buy low, sell high, buy low, sell high. so don't sit back and do nothing. >> and you say you really want to keep investing. >> one of the biggest mistakes investors make, the minute the market starts to go down, they either stop or they start steering their current contributions into the money market or the stable value fund. big mistake. think of it this way. as that market is going down and you're methodically buying in, you're xwiing those asset classes on sale. when it turns around which inevitably does, what goes down is going to come up, that's going to make like ab rocketship your gains. >> that's when you're underscoring -- through it all you have to remain patient. >> right. that was my final thing. i see people that just every three years jump out. 10, 20-year time horizons are what i want these investors to be looking at. >> all right. karen lee, always good to see you. thank you so much for making us smarter. you can get more information by
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reading karen's new book "it's just money, so why does it cause so many problems" or reach her at vrnlths whether you want to go back to school or jump start your career, we have information that might be able to help you out. at 4:00 our lifestyle coach valerie burton will have tips you need to know. what do you think of the idea of going back to school while you're working or ditching the work to go back to school. send me your thoughts on facebook or twitter. so i'm donating them. not going back there again. good for you! how'd you do it? eating right, whole grain. whole grain? whole grain. [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't... multigrain cheerios has five whole grains and 110 lightly sweetened calories per serving... more grains. less you! multigrain cheerios.
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do the number of embryos use
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during in vitro fertilization put a baby's health at risk. elizabeth cohen has the story. >> when doctors do fertility treatment, the goal is to have a healthy baby and avoid multiples if possible. the reason is that multiples are born early more often than single babies and also mothers are more likely to get sick if they have twins or triplets or more. so a group of british physicians decided to see how many embryos do you need to put inside a mom in order to get a live -- a healthy baby, a live birth and avoid multiples if possible. what they found is two embryos, eepthder one or two embryos does the trick and three embryos doesn't increase the chances of getting you a healthy baby. they developed these guidelines what they say is they think women who are over 40, putting in two embryos at most is a good idea. for women under 40 they should only put in one embryo.
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in britain they regulate medicine much more son than they do in the united states. the united states doctors we talked to say they don't like this idea very much. they say different women need different kinds of procedures and need different numbers of embryos. some women over the age of 40 might need three or four or even possibly more than that. they say it's not a good idea to have hard and fast rules for every woman. now, for more information you can go to the top story we're following, the captain of the use ship that ran aground off the coast of italy is under arrest. he's being valted for manslaughter and abandoning ships. there are reports the captain left the ship before the passengers. at least three dead, dozens more missing. i'll take to "time" magazine's michael sharer about the power of soup pacts and the
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impact the super packs have on the presidential race of 2012. sound check with brooke baldwin starts right after this. ♪ more and more folks are trying out snapshot from progressive. a totally different way to save on car insurance. the better you drive, the more you can save. no wonder snapshot's catching on. plug into the savings you deserve with snapshot from progressive.
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♪ if you're ready come go with me ♪ ♪ if you're ready now, come go with me ♪ ♪ hi there, i'm brooke baldwin, welcome to "sound check" where cnn introduces you to the best music right now. you'll hear from artist that is cross all genres, some you've heard of, some perhaps not.
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first up wilco, continuing to push artistic boundaries. ♪ ♪ >> three dimensional. it's wilco in 3d. ♪ >> i'm john, the bass player of wilco. >> i'm jeff. i play guitar. we both sing. we're both here. it can be kind of intense to play some new material, and that tension i think makes for a more exciting show. there's all kinds of things -- >> yeah, the insecurity comes from the fact that my mind comes from the fact that we're not
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giving the audience the best version of whatever tune we're doing. i think my mind is caught up in that. >> there's always going to be insecurity when you put yourself up on a stage and say look at me. there are people that are really good at that and good at making themselves believe that they're invincible. but i don't believe there's many of them that aren't crazy. ♪ >> i never quite feel equal. but there are these sort of pinch-me moments that i get every year or so in the band, whether it's being on stage with neal young during "rocking in the free world," times like that where you walk off and it's out-of-body. >> it's good to be a fan, to feel like a fan and not feel like an equal. ♪
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♪ >> well, we started a record label partially because our record deal was up and we didn't have a record label. i think also because it became pretty obvious over the years that nobody really knows our audience and feels -- i don't feel like we can trust anybody else to know our audience and treat our audience the way we want them to be treated. i don't think there's anybody out there that can do it better than us or really wants -- wants to spend the amount of time to understand our audience. encouraging my children to find something that they love to do and then do it, i think that's your job as a parent. i guess what people always -- when people ask are you going to encourage your children to be in a band or pursue a career in
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music, they always assume that you have had such a miserable time that you would never want to wish that on your children. i haven't had a miserable time. i've had a great time. i feel blessed. ♪ >> wilco touring the west coast this january and february ir. if you get a chance to check them out, dynamic. now i want to share the gospel with you. the gospel of mavis staples. she started her career some 60 years ago, a family ensemble called the staples singers. ♪ if you're ready, go with me ♪ if you're ready now, come go with me ♪ ♪ no hate red, come go with me ♪ we'll be tolerated ♪ come go with me >> when i sing, i sing from my heart.
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mavis, sing from your heart and you'll reach from the heart. what comes from the heart reaches the heart. ♪ i have found a wonderful savior ♪ ♪ i am his and he is mine >> i'm just -- i feel like i'm the luckiest old girl in the world, to be able to stand there and pour it out, you know, to give of myself, to deliver, and my message, i just feel that i'm doing what i'm supposed to be doing. you know, singing and making people happy, up lifting. i want you to be up lifted. ♪ >> my background with my family, the staples singers, we started singing in 1950.
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♪ wrote a song for everyone ♪ wrote a song for truth ♪ wrote a song for everyone, yeah, and i couldn't leave it up to you ♪ >> the disk jockey would say this is little 13-year-old mavis staples singing this song. people would bet before we would get to where we were going, they would bet that i was not a little girl. i had to be a man or a big fat lady. so we would fool them. ♪ we're gonna make it >> when i finally finished high school, pappa said, mavis, okay, we can hit the road. you don't have to make it to school. i said, pops, i don't want to sing, i don't want to sing full time. i want to go to college. i want to be a nurse. ♪ creep along moses ♪ creep along moses >> he said, mavis, you're
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already a nurse. you're healing people with your singing. music heals. you're healing people. he said, you see those people crying out there? they're crying happy tears because you're making them feel better. pops has always taught us, en stilled in us that family is the strongest unit in the world. always stick with your family, your brothers and sisters. you stick with family, can't nobody break you. ♪ next, banjos and mandolins as i sit down with one of the hottest groups around right now, mum ford and sons, also a musician who could do just about anything on the cello. first, the first female guitar god -- this is according to
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mumford and sons got together in 2007 thanks to a love of forming and bluegrass. i sat down with one-half of the quartet at atlanta's fox theater before one of the best live shows i've ever seen. ♪ >> how many instruments do you guys play? >> i know what things i can't play. >> what can't you play? >> i can't lay the guitar very well. >> that's not true. you're very good at the guitar. >> violin. can't do that. >> what's your favorite to play? >> favorite instrument to play is the drums.
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it's all around keyboardeds and stuff. love to have a grand piano on stage. it would be awesome. ♪ >> so when people say you're the "it" band of the moment, is that a compliment? >> silly things like "it" stuff. ♪ ♪ >> we've been doing what we've been doing for the last three years. it hasn't really changed for us except we get to play for more people. >> look at all the seats you fill. you fill this. >> this is one of the most beautiful venues we've ever been to. >> it's amazing, the fox theater here in at any time. >> we try not to take too much of it. >> i felt like, even though this is amazing, we don't feel like we've had any major jumps. even know this is a bigger venue.
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>> you started out playing to like 50, right? >> no, less than that. it's every tour -- we've done five u.s. tour now. every tour it's slightly bigger. it's like the next step up. it hasn't felt like going from a small club to suddenly playing a venue like this. for us it's been really helpful because we can build and we've worked on everything in detail and worked on the set to play bigger places because it's grown into bigger places. ♪ >> fortunately we've hit that wall now -- in a way fortunately because it's time to make a new record. we can't play anything bigger than these venues. you're entertaining a lot more people and want to know more music and they want you the play for longer. our album is like 50 minutes long.
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so we've been playing new songs, but even though our album launch party we were playing new songs like that. >> every night, you always play new songs which makes the old songs sound fresh. >> how is it going? >> it's going well. we may play a new one. practice a little bit. >> how would the sound be different than this album? i hear it was influenced a little bit by your time in tennessee? is that true? >> yeah, i think tennessee and the left of america. we're kind of transparent when it comes to our writing in a sense that we reflect the experiences we've had on the road and our lives in general. i think we've seen a lot more and we found we have different things that we've had to cope with and deal with in life that didn't exist, like five or six years ago.
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♪ >> a couple of names you'll know along the fox theater's wall of fame, mem, pale simon, erykah badu. bin jolie mixes genres like folk, bluegrass, you name it, with his cello. ♪ >> my name is ben soley. i'm from memphis. it's a song called the globe. ♪ >> the cello is a four string instrument tuned in fifths. you can create a lot of different cords that you're not going to usually hear on different instruments, but you
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can hear them on the cello because it's a spread out spectrum. i grew up in kentucky and picked up the cello in public schools. when you pick up the cello, you -- the vehicle for technique is classical music generally. people teach you by teaching you bach. other things -- you learn all these shapes. you learn techniques in finger exercises. ♪ ♪ but when i would go home all my friends and family played r&b and fiddle tunes. i would go home and jam with them. it would be like ♪ ♪ teach me baby, yeah, oh lord yes ♪ ♪ a little show and tell >> outside of the orchestraal
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context i'm playing with mandolins and violins. being around that and learning to accompany in all those different environments just invited all these different techniques like chopping. any type of scratch work. a lot of listening to deejays and turntables got that sound of. ♪ the basis of it is i just -- i've grown up on so much folk music that i want to be able to accompany myself with song. the cello always delivered whatever sound i was looking for. ♪ >> a lot of it is subconscious and somebody will say to me in a show, oh, yeah, i can hear that
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barack oba bram's lick. i didn't put a bram's lick in there. it's all coming from basically the same human experience. ♪ ♪ as i walk through the hills of kentucky the leaves begin to turn red ♪ >> the hardest thing to avoid is getting up on stage and being like, i'm going to show these people what a cello can do! you got to play the song and you've got to tell the story. i think that's the best way to approach it where you're most likely to get that amazing connection between people. >> the prettiest tree on the mountain. >> the extremely talented ben soley in his own words. coming up, jeanelle monet.
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white house state dinner, the nobel peace prize dinner. this funky singer songwriter
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says this music is more about where she's been than where she's going. >> hi. i'm janelle monae and i'm a muj igs, that's a musician magician. ♪ >> i'm born and raised in kansas city, kansas. i come from a very hard working class family who made nothing into something. bth my parents were janitors at one point in time in their lives. i started off wearing my uniform, black and white as you can see, in honor of them, and honor of everyone who is working hard. it's inspired my music because i really want to create music that is an experience for people who -- again who are working hard each and every day. i want my music to be their choice of drug. ♪
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>> i think when i decided that i wanted to be an independent artist, i was just moving back from new york. i was a young playwrite and decided i had more to say about an artist. ♪ i started to fall in love with artists like stevie wonder and david bowie, and i loved knowing that i didn't have to just be an actor. i didn't have to just sing. i could create this concept album that could possibly one day be a broadway musical, and i would be in control of it versus being someone's type cast character for a role that has been played for thousands of years. so i started to write stories
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that i felt were inspirational, not just to me but to again all the people that i'm thinking about in my community. ♪ >> "metropolis" which suites one, we've only gotten to two and three. it deals with an android. you can mirror that to i guess the other, whoever you think is the other in our society today, whether gay, whether african-american, the minority and the majority. ♪ this deals with someone again, cindy may weather who is very special and she's bringing people together, the haves and
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the have nots, very similar to what i've always wanted to be looked at as, a uniter, somebody who brings people together, not catering just to a red or blue state, but creating this purple state where we can all live and breathe and love and just really unite. i think music is that dmon denominator. the concept album has brought so many people together. i'm just honored to be the narrater of it all. ♪ >> thanks for joining us for this "sound check." for more amazing music go to check out music monday in the cnn newsroom. for now, someone you'll see next "sound check" g. love. ♪
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